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Earth Day – free Soil ebook!

Earth Day – free Soil ebook!

In celebration of “Earth Day” weekend, you can get my Soil ebook for free! The Secrets of Soil Building – Learn how to care for the Earth (the soil) today and every day. The coupon code for the free ebook is GJ98G (not case-sensitive). The direct link is https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566895 This special pricing is good through Friday April 27, 2018. And, for those of you who’ve already read it — please consider posting a review on Goodreads Enjoy!

It’s Garden Planning Time

It’s Garden Planning Time

I know, I know, it’s the middle of the holidays. But garden catalogs are pouring through my mail slot, and that means it’s prime time for planning your cool season garden. After the winter solstice, all those cool season veggies will flourish, and you’ll have amazing harvests. Kale. Collards. Favas. Peas. Chard. Parsley. Cilantro. The list is long and yummy! Here are a few of the garden-planning  tools we offer — all of them customized for our Los Angeles growing…

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What is a more-sustainable garden?

What is a more-sustainable garden?

Here’s how our gardens can become part of solving some of the world’s greatest problems. LIVING ECOSYSTEMS.  Humanity is part of  a vast network of life on this tiny planet. The planet’s ecosystems operate as intricate interconnected and interdependent systems, so vast that scientists are only beginning to glimpse their magnitude and complexity. “The environment” is a life-support system – for us as well as for all living beings. Without functional ecosystems, we have no life. As we, humanity, become…

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When you don’t have any land

When you don’t have any land

Do you love the idea of vegetable gardening and edible landscaping? Do you wish you could participate – if only you had access to land? If land is your problem (inadequate space, an unwilling landlord, whatever) then my newest booklet “When you don’t have any land” is especially for you!

How do you get rid of Bermuda grass?

How do you get rid of Bermuda grass?

Many popular garden books promote methods such as the “Lasagna method”: You layer materials such as cardboard, black plastic, compost, mulch, etc., on top of grass and create a garden. In Southern California we must evaluate such recommendations carefully: Does the person who is telling of great Lasagna success live in a year-round growing season, or do they have the benefit of a frost to help eradicate weeds and pests? Does the storyteller have Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon)? Are they…

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Easy seedsaving without worries

Easy seedsaving without worries

It’s easy to get seed from your vegetables.  Just let Nature do her thing. It’s a little bit more challenging to be sure that you’re getting the kinds of seeds you want.  Plants (kinda like outdoor cats) make offspring quite willingly, with any other plant that will participate. In a small garden, one really easy simple trick is to grow one variety of each species.  You’ll get lots of diversity in your food and nutrition, and you’ll get a much greater assurance of…

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VegGarden365 app

VegGarden365 app

How do you know what to plant when? Here in Southern California we have a year-round growing season.  But that doesn’t mean super-delicious tomatoes every day of the year.  Rather, it means working with the seasons — warm, hot, and cool — to grow the right plants at the right times.

A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden

A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden

After a rain, the weeds sprout — so quickly that you can almost hear them. What if the green that magically appeared wasn’t weeds, but food plants? Your cool-season vegetable garden can be just that easy! And, this time of year, you can lay the groundwork in a single weekend. So what are you waiting for?

What can crop rotation do for you and your garden?

What can crop rotation do for you and your garden?

Do you need a powerful tool to help you with organic pest control AND maintaining soil fertility in your vegetable garden? Crop rotation means following a conscious system of planting in which related plants are grown in different spots year after year. It’s fairly easy to do, and as a side benefit, it can help to expand the diversity of your harvests. Crop rotation for soil fertility Some of humanity’s favorite vegetable plants (for example, the squash family) are nutrient-hogs….

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